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Letter from Loretta Hill

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 by

February 2nd Hi Fiona, I can’t believe it’s February already. The kids are back at school and I can breathe again. The January school holidays were very hectic, also due to the fact that my new book, “The Maxwell Sisters” just came out. I’m really excited about this story. This book is as much about family as it is about falling in love. The novel centres around three estranged sisters, Phoebe, Tash and Eve. The eldest Tash, is on the brink of divorce, the middle sister Eve, is single and heart broken and the youngest Phoebe, appears to be in the happiest part of her life. She’s engaged to be married to the man of her dreams. The story begins when she decides to get married at their childhood home, Tawny Brooks Winery, situated in the heart of the Margaret River Wine region – one of my favourite places on earth. Up until this point,

Fiona Lowe’s Weddings

Sunday, 06 July 2014 by

I have Fiona Lowe, author of 26 books, on my blog! (Yes, I dream of gettting to that number, I’m working on it!) I met Fi many years ago now (she’s another one of those amazingly friendly and supportive RWA ladies) and have attended a few of her sessions on writing. One was in Perth back in 2010. I always get so much from Fi’s lectures and as a writer I think you can never stop learning or working on your craft. (Especially me, who needs reminding quite often!)  Fiona has some great tips on writing here. My favourite character of Fi’s is Emily Tippet. Once you read about her, you’ll know why. 🙂 Oh and Fiona is also a Ruby (Romance Writers of Australia) and a RITA (Romance Writers of America) winner. Which is HUGE in the romance circle. (Gosh it would be awesome just to win one of these awards! And she has both!) Over to you Fi…… *****

Simmering Season with Jenn J McLeod

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 by

I have another wonderful lady answering my blog questions today, Jenn J McLeod! I met Jenn through the RWA Conferences and so it’s been amazing to see her grow and succeed with her novels.  (In April her second book Simmering Season was released.)  Now lets find out a bit more about Jenn….   If you could be an animal, what would you be? Dog Dog Dog Dog Dog. But only if I am MY dog. No surprise that my novels have lots of dogs in them. Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books? Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmmmmm, dah, dah, dah. Oh, sorry, Fee, what was the question? If you were not a writer, what would you be? Beyoncé! What drives you insane about the writing process? Nothing. I love every aspect about the writing process. If you didn’t love this biz – all its fussiness and facets – you wouldn’t be

Rocking Horse Hill

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 by

Today I have a great friend of mine stopping by for a chat – actually I have thrown a heap of questions at her – about her new book Rocking Horse Hill. As always, Cathryn is a hoot, which is why her books are so entertaining. (I’m hoping to score a copy of Rocking Horse Hill for Mother’s Day. I’ve been dropping LOTS of hints to the kids!!) Here is the book and blurb. Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes. When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined

A Letter from Loretta Hill

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 by

I’m coming out of my edit haze today to share a letter that I have from Loretta Hill. I’m a big fan of her FIFO series, they are full of laughter and characters I love, so I can’t wait to grab a copy of her new book ‘The Girl in the Yellow Vest’.  Read on to find out more….. Hi Fiona, How’s your corner of WA. It’s been a while since we caught up at conference last year.  Are you working on your next book now? When is it due out? (Hi Loretta! Yes, I’m busy on edits for The Sunnyvale Girls, which is a September release and also I’m working on something else which I can’t wait to share with everyone.) I’ve just started writing my next novel which has been a long time coming. This story has been sitting in me for at least four years and has had a lot of false starts. This

Writing Through the Tears

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 by

Today Mandy Magro is here to tell us about her journey writing Flame Tree Hill. Cancer is something we are all well aware of and it has also, no doubt, touched each of us through family and friends at some point. So tackling this subject in her next book wouldn’t have been an easy task. Especially when based on your close friend. (Shares in Kleenex, I’m thinking 🙂 ) Writing Through the Tears G’day Fee, Thanks for inviting me onto your blog today. I’m thrilled to be sharing the inspiration behind my third novel, Flame Tree Hill. Flame Tree Hill is of course, fictional, but it is also heavily based on my best mate’s, Joanne Jackson’s, breast cancer journey. Jo has battled breast cancer not once, but twice!!, and has survived. She is an amazing woman with an inspiration story that needed telling. So, with her approval, I delved into her world through her diaries

Whereabouts is Helene now?

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 by

My next guest on Writers Whereabouts is the lovely Helene Young. I have her latest book Half Moon Bay in my hands finally and today is a perfect day to start reading it. (it’s raining outside and the fire is going) I’m a big fan of Helene’s writing and can’t wait to open the pages. We are both published by Penguin and share the same amazing publisher but we live on opposite sides of Australia. (and Helene’s new home would make me rather green.) But I’d still give it a go just to see all those wonderful sunsets over the water. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Helene. x Whereabouts is Helene Now? Fiona, thanks for having me on your blog to chat about my current whereabouts. Life’s been pretty exciting recently for us as we’ve moved from a house to a catamaran called Roo Bin Esque. My husband’s taken to calling us Grotty Yachties… Nothing grotty

Next in my Writers Whereabouts is Cathryn Hein. She writes about Mt Gambier, which I can say I have visited and seen the gorgeous Blue Lake. I hope you enjoy this snippet into Cathryn’s life and  my favourite photo is the one of Cathryn jumping on Dinks. Look at you go, Cathryn! Thanks so much for inviting me on Writer Whereabouts, Fiona. It’s a lovely idea for a series, albeit a little tricky for me given our penchant for moving around. Five and a bit months ago we were Melbournians, catching trams, grinning each time we passed the MCG, and loving its football tribalism. Five years ago Newcastle was home, and what a fabulous one it was too. This time ten years ago we were four months into what turned out to be a three year stint living in the south of France. In a few years time we could be somewhere else. I hope

House for all Seasons

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 by

How I made my ‘House’ a Home – Part Two. Back in February I was on Helene Young’s blog talking about how a house is not a home without an animal or two (or three). Well, a small town story is not a small town story without a feathered or furry friend. While my human characters in House for all Seasons are fictional, my animals are usually inspired by real-life versions (which is fine because they can’t read, therefore they can’t sue me or not talk to me when I get them wrong!) My host today, Fiona Palmer, is a sucker for an animal too, so I thought I’d share the inspiration behind my House for all Seasons menagerie – the Part 2 – and the important roles they play. Part 1 – is my canine characters (and those that think they’re a dog!) Now for Part 2 – The menagerie…. Name: Muddy The Award-Winning

Tony Park’s Whereabouts

Monday, 11 March 2013 by

Tony is my next author in my blog series ‘Writers Whereabouts’. It’s easy to see why Tony’s books are so great. Look where he lives! I read his latest release Dark Heart not that long ago and I must admit it was the little gorilla who I loved the most. My home town – Tony Park. Thanks for the invitation to blog about my home town, Fiona – now, I just wish I had one! My wife, Nicola, and I lead an unusual life spread across two continents and two very different environments. We spend six months of each year living in a two bedroom flat in a block of units on a six-lane highway in suburban Sydney and the remainder of the year living in the African bush, surrounded by wild animals.       Here’s the quiet street I live on in Sydney – the six-lane Pacific Highway, with its eclectic, villagey collection

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